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Senior Moments: How to talk politics and still sleep well

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Friday, September 14, 2018

OK, Labor Day is behind us and the kids are back in school. Parents and grandparents can sit back and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee.

But, as most are aware, it is the official kickoff for national political campaigns in the United States. Many may groan over that, but some of us – including me -- love election years.

It seems that the midterms have become more important and require more study and evaluation than ever before. Of course, after the midterm election, we begin the next presidential election rhetoric even though a current president is only halfway through his or her term.

I know some hate election campaigns. And I realize I have a spirit of competitiveness, but champion myself in that I do know what’s going on in the elections even if I don’t enjoy discussing politics (or religion) in public gatherings. Both are very personal.

However, should an appropriate occasion arise, I don’t mind taking the lead or at least the front seat.

I suppose that’s because I know so much less than others may think I know.

A senior thought I might add here is that the older I get, the less the outcome really matters. I’m reminded that when all is said and nothing done, the committee meeting is over!

Yes, we seniors are full of knowledge, I suppose, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something new.

For example, we can sleep better with warmed socks. If we throw our socks into the dryer for 10 minutes just before bed and then slip them on, we will fall asleep fast and sleep more soundly.

Why? Warming our feet widens blood vessels and draws heat from our trunk, which lowers our core temperature. And that’s a natural trigger for drowsiness, according to the article I read.

A word about that discussion on the word “dessert” or “desert.” Here is the Encarta Dictionary ruling on the subject:

“Usage of desert or dessert? Dessert, pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, means ‘a sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.’ Desert, pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, means ‘an area with little rainfall,’ and with the stress on the second syllable means ‘something deserved,’ as in just deserts, or is a verb meaning ‘abandon’ or ‘leave without permission.’ ”

And finally, over at the Warrenton Senior Citizens Inc. meal site, I have been asked to mention that there is a need for more volunteers to serve in the kitchen on Mondays.

We are asked to call 503-861-3502 on a Monday or a Thursday and ask for Nancy Jacobson or Lorna Anderson if you could help even one Monday a month. There’s no pay, but a good feeling and a meal. It’s been said that the more we give, the happier we feel and that volunteering increases self-confidence.


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